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lemonfloorwax

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #780 on: May 15, 2013, 09:55:41 AM »
Heehee...first thing that came to mind when reading about the sugar was Marilla Cuthbert muttering "Twenty pounds of brown sugar..." after Anne whirls in and then back out with her puffed sleeves.

My daughter and I just finished that book! I must be a cheapskate because I picked it up for a dime at a local church's rummage sale. Nothing else that day, just the book. ;)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #781 on: May 15, 2013, 11:02:22 AM »
On that show "Extreme Cheapskates" there was a family that didn't use TP at all. They used cloth rags that got washed and reused. Part of me says that the average cloth diaper contains a higher volume of ... well, you know, and people used those for eons before Pampers were invented, and some families still do, for ecological reasons, so what's the big deal?

But another, larger part of me just says, "Ewwww!"
My mother grew up with an outhouse. They used the Sears catalog.  ;D
Which is why so few Sears and Montgomery Ward's catalogs of that era are still in existence!
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #782 on: May 15, 2013, 11:04:02 AM »
My IL's, especially FIL, are very, very cheap.  It's actually kind of ruining DH's pleasure in buying our first home.  We have not told the ILs yet, and won't until we close and it's a done deal (Friday...yay!).  We paid a fair price for a property that we really like and are excited about moving in and making it our own.  However, DH is dreading the inevitable lecture from FIL about how he bought his property for $25k and it had more land with it and blah blah.  Well sure, but that was 25 years ago...the house was the manager's home on a now-abandoned oilfield...20 miles from a hazmat disposal site...in some of the ugliest, hottest, most barren territory you can imagine.

 :) my grandparents - never knew the "real" price of my parents home - purchased in 1966- Grandma would have a fit if she knew that our house cost more than 12,000 (wonder what she would have thought about how much my house cost....

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« Reply #783 on: May 15, 2013, 01:22:28 PM »
On that show "Extreme Cheapskates" there was a family that didn't use TP at all. They used cloth rags that got washed and reused. Part of me says that the average cloth diaper contains a higher volume of ... well, you know, and people used those for eons before Pampers were invented, and some families still do, for ecological reasons, so what's the big deal?

But another, larger part of me just says, "Ewwww!"
My mother grew up with an outhouse. They used the Sears catalog.  ;D
Which is why so few Sears and Montgomery Ward's catalogs of that era are still in existence!
I wonder what else they used. How long would one Sears Wish Book last with seven kids?
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #784 on: May 15, 2013, 03:08:39 PM »
On that show "Extreme Cheapskates" there was a family that didn't use TP at all. They used cloth rags that got washed and reused. Part of me says that the average cloth diaper contains a higher volume of ... well, you know, and people used those for eons before Pampers were invented, and some families still do, for ecological reasons, so what's the big deal?

But another, larger part of me just says, "Ewwww!"
My mother grew up with an outhouse. They used the Sears catalog.  ;D
Which is why so few Sears and Montgomery Ward's catalogs of that era are still in existence!
I wonder what else tbey used. How long would one Sears Wish Book last with seven kids?

Corn cobs. No joke.  :P
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #785 on: May 15, 2013, 03:17:04 PM »
Remember, there was also the Montgomery Wards catalog, corn husks, dry leaves, or any newspapers that had already been read (if you could get your hands on a newspaper - early 1920s on, probably - before that whatever you didn't MIND throwing away or boiling clean to use again).  I can't remember if J C Penney used to have a catalog or not - Mom & Dad shopped Wards & Sears.

And there were at least two catalogs a year - sometimes more. 
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« Reply #786 on: May 15, 2013, 03:43:07 PM »
Penney's catalog lasted longer than Sears' or Montgomery Ward's.  In fact, it lasted longer than Wards' brick-and-mortor stores.  I don't know when Penney's started their catalog, though.

I'm told that cobs from shelled field corn have a relatively soft surface, but have no interest in testing the theory.

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« Reply #787 on: May 15, 2013, 06:41:35 PM »
A quote I read in an article about plumbing in the "good old days", the person was composing a letter; "I am seated in the necessity house [i.e. outhouse]. I have your letter before me. Soon it will be behind me." ;)
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Asharah

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« Reply #788 on: May 15, 2013, 06:48:47 PM »
I remember an episode of "In The Heat Of The Night" when a reporter wrote a nasty article about Chief Gillespie and he talked about when you would read the paper than tear it into strips for the outhouse. He implied that this newspaper was not of a good enough quality to be used for that purpose.  ;D
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #789 on: May 17, 2013, 08:15:57 PM »
My FIL is a cheapskate. If we go out to eat, a mutually arranged dinner, he will never order an appetizer. However, if we order one he will help himself. I just think it is pretty PA for him to do that, especially as every time, we ask first if they (MIL & FIL) want to order an appetizer and most the time we pay or split the check.
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Asharah

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« Reply #790 on: May 17, 2013, 08:59:52 PM »
I remember an episode of Wife Swap where one family was completely obsessed with saving money. Okay, I can give them some credit for getting totally debt free including paying off the mortgage, but once you've paid off said mortgage, I think you could quit timing your kids showers and actually choose a restaurant for some other reason than "kids eat for free." I would have loved to make the mother estimate how much time she spent checking and then rebrushing and reflossing the kids teeth because they were so worried they might have to actually spend money getting a cavity filled. Haven't they heard of dental insurance?
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« Reply #791 on: June 29, 2013, 12:29:00 PM »
Reviving this thread to share this gem:

I recently signed up for private lessons at a martial arts academy. It's something that's always interested me, and the private lessons fit best with my schedule as opposed to the group classes.  This school advertises a special in which someone who is paying for private lessons can "invite a friend" to join in those lessons for free.  The assumption, I suppose, is that the friends will settle splitting the fee between themselves.  As long as the martial arts school gets their money, they're happy.

I mentioned to a friend, Carrie, at a social gathering that I had started my lessons, and entertained her with the awkward incidents from my disastrous first session. (It was bad.  So very bad.  But I had fun.) Another woman, whom I barely know, piped up and said, "Oh! I have always wanted to take the private lessons there, but I can't afford it. The school has that "invite a friend" special. And now you can invite me to join your lessons for free!  I'm sure it wouldn't be any trouble."

There are a few problems with this:
1) Yes, it would be some trouble.  I don't want to take a class at a physical activity at which I am pretty terrible, with someone I barely know. Having the instructor see me stumble through is awkward enough.

2) Don't voluntell me to do something.

3) No. Just, no.

Carrie responded, "So you would split the cost of the lessons with Weeble?"

And the lady looked aghast and said, "Well, no. I told you.  I can't afford it.  And what's the sense in me paying when Weeble has already paid?"

"So what's in it for Weeble?  Other than not getting the instructor's full attention?"  Carrie asked.

The lady insisted that I still got the lessons, plus the feeling that I was helping someone.

I shook my head and said, "No, that won't be possible."

This lady simply could not believe that I didn't see the benefit helping this random stranger out by paying for her (not inexpensive) lessons. I was selfish and spoiled, she said, and she didn't want to spend time with selfish people.

Fine with me.  :P


PastryGoddess

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #792 on: June 29, 2013, 12:45:31 PM »
The mind..it boggles sometimes

Tini

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #793 on: June 29, 2013, 12:52:28 PM »
Weeble, your friend Carrie sounds great, though. She really had your back there.

weeblewobble

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« Reply #794 on: June 29, 2013, 02:48:26 PM »
Weeble, your friend Carrie sounds great, though. She really had your back there.

She's my former college roommate and one of my best friends.  We both struggled with establishing our spines, but now, when we sense people who want to take advantage, we brook no nonsense. :)